Release Date: 07/18/2006

Commercial fishing for large coastal sharks, as defined by Louisiana rule (L.A.C. 76:VII.357), closes in Louisiana waters at 11:30 p.m. on July 31, 2006, and the closure will remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. Sept. 1, 2006.  Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will also be closed for commercial harvest of large coastal sharks during the same time period.
Upon closure of this season on July 31, all commercial harvest, possession, purchase, exchange, barter, trade, sale or attempt to purchase, exchange, barter, trade or sell large coastal sharks or their fins is prohibited through 12:01 a.m. Sept. 1, 2006.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Dwight Landreneau made the decision, under the authority given to the LDWF Secretary by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in its rule LAC 76:VII.357.M.2, which allows the secretary to declare a closed season.  Landreneau acted due to publication by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in the Federal Register that the federal waters adjacent to Louisiana waters will be closed on that date.

NMFS determined that the large coastal shark commercial fishery quota for the second trimester fishing season is projected to be reached and action is necessary to ensure that the trimester quota for large coastal sharks for the period July 1 through August 31, 2006, in the Gulf of Mexico is not exceeded.

For more information, contact Harry Blanchet at 225-765-2889